Welcome to Country
A welcome to Country is a formal welcome onto Aboriginal Land given by an elder or person of that land.
An Acknowledgement of Country is a statement of recognition of the traditional owners of that land. An Acknowledgement of Country can be given by any person, Indigenous Australian or non-Indigenous.
The University of Wollongong has a guideline and protocol for the provision of Welcome to Country, Acknowledgement of Country and services at ceremonies and events.
If you are planning an event and require the appropriate wording for an Acknowledgement of Country or wish to have a Welcome to Country performed Woolyungah Indigenous Centre are able to liaise with local Elders and organisations on your behalf. Further information is contained in the ‘Guidelines and Protocols for Welcome to Country, Acknowledgement of People and Country and Aboriginal Cultural Performances’.
Please contact the Manager, Woolyungah Indigenous Centre if you have any queries.